I couldn‘t do the perfect lap | Valentino Rossi Blog

Sunday, July 12, 2015

I couldn‘t do the perfect lap

A small number of mistakes cost Rossi the front row in Germany, landing him in sixth for Sunday’s race.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi wasted no time in Q2, heading straight on to track as the session began. His first laps in Q2 saw him near the top five but his rivals quickly improved their times, dropping the experienced Italian down the order. The short lap time, 1’22s on an average lap, allowed Rossi multiple attempts to improve, eventually settling on a 1’21.220.
When the flags came out on the 15 minute Q2 session Rossi was sixth and 0.880s from pole, the pace of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) stunning everyone. Even from the second row Rossi is confident, having a goof feeling on used tyres with a similar pace to teammate Lorenzo. No doubt with a solid jump off the line Rossi will immediately be in the mix come Sunday’s race.
Valentino Rossi: “I wanted to try to start tomorrow‘s race more in front, because our potential today wasn‘t so bad. I thought and hoped that I could do a 1‘20-high, but unfortunately I made some mistakes and I couldn‘t do the perfect lap. Apart from that, I‘m on the second row and that‘s not so far behind and my pace is quite good. I can keep a good pace also with a used tyre so now we have to work and try to fix some small problems and make some small improvements for tomorrow and see what happens in the race. If you look at today‘s pace, Marquez is very strong and Pedrosa is the second, but very close. After them come me and Jorge and we are very similar. All the essential is there, I will try to fight with Jorge, ride a good race and try to arrive in front of him and score more points.”

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